Labour set for embarrassment over workplace parking levy – Steve Cardownie

It looks likely that the Labour Party will oppose the introduction of a Workplace Parking Levy when it holds its conference in Dundee this weekend, which may cause a little embarrassment, if not discomfort, to party members in Edinburgh who backed the idea when drawing up their manifesto for the 2017 local government elections.

Wednesday, 6th March 2019, 6:00 am
Edinburgh council's Labour group leader Cammy Day says the workplace parking levy is about creating a 'more sustainable Edinburgh' (Picture: Ian Georgeson)

Although Edinburgh will be handed the power to bring in a levy, the council has quite rightly given a commitment to embark upon a consultation exercise before considering such a move.

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The Labour Group leader in the city council, Cammy Day, said: “It’s not about targeting motorists, it’s about creating a more sustainable Edinburgh. This is one of the tools we should be looking at and I hope conference will accept that.” Some hope.

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However, Labour’s rejection of such a scheme is unlikely to have much impact on the future policy of the city council given that they are a minority partner in the coalition and are unlikely to make the issue a deal breaker should the SNP, with the support of the Greens, press ahead.

The Labour Group will be expected to adhere to party policy and do a U-turn by ditching their previous manifesto pledge. Although they might huff and puff, they will not blow the coalition house down.